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  1. 1. IS IT! THIS IS IT! THIS US $4.99 | UK £3.00 | CANADA $5.50 The Best of
  2. 2. V O L U M E 5 | I S S U E 2 CONTENTS 18 EDITORS NOTE 20 Letters to Editor 22 Contributors 25 ON SPOT Profile: Raquel Dadlani 26 Beauty Page: That’s Why they call it the Blues 28 Fashion Stop: Catching Up with Anna Henriques 31 Ocean Style Online 33 My Beauty Secrets: Soraya Ho-Sing-Loy 34 BLOODY GOOD STUFF Corseted Romance 37 FINANCE My Money: To-Dos to get your life together! 39 ON SPOT Carnival! 42 ESCAPE Maldives. Travel Editor Brenda Fine is on a global quest to identify perfect sand and perfect beaches. She takes Ocean Style along for the ride. 46 BODY&SOUL Play therapy. Karen Holly Berliner shows why ‘work hard’ should be matched with play (or relax) hard. 48 BLOODY GOOD STUFF Bloody Good Stuff! [gadgets+tech] Vivienne Tam for HP 51 ESCAPE Regatta Fever: A delightful union of world-class event and destination. Welcoming competitors from across the globe, the annual races are now approaching their 40th year. 56 Caneel Bay. Nature’s Essence. At Caneel Bay in St. John the pristine meets the elegant. But leave your blackberry at home (if you don’t want it taken away). The purity of nature co-exists with the enjoyment of understated luxury in this resort. 12
  3. 3. C O N T E N T S 58 BODY & SOUL - HEALTH House Call – Health Answers from Dr. Lofters. 62 WINE & DINE Drinks. Try this Pomegranate Martini on for size. 63 ON SPOT Fashion Showcase & OCEAN STYLE/ESPN Golf Invi- tational 70 COVER STORY: The Invincible Michael Jackson. In death, as in life, his musical genius outshines his inspiring humanity. In his passing the world rekindled their love affair with the true essence of MJ – his sheer musical genius. 76 BODY & SOUL Fitness Expert Mark Jenkins Reveals the Secrets to Beyonce's Incredible Legs FASHION 79 Curacao Casual: Rich vibrant imagery from photographer Ron Contarsy. Shot in the charismatic locale that is Curacao. 89 Coffee Shop: Some highlights from the weekly a regular feature in Ocean Splash! where Editor Chie Davis interviews personali- ties and celebrities. A sampling of interview extracts with Meiling, Freddie Leiba and Susha Patel. 90 Weekend Getaway: This fashion editorial was shot in pictur- esque Barbados by Robert Manella. 99 MONEY Money & Investing: For Better or For Worse – Newlywed Finan- cial Advice from Wells Fargo. 100 WINE & DINE Khalid Mohammed latest and to date, greatest, culinary stage brings top shelf cuisine to the heart of Port of Spain. 102 Recipe: Guava BBQ Diver Scallops. 104 Fashion. Turks and Caicos plays host to the captivating photog- raphy of Julia Pogodina. 114 Ciao Bella 14
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  5. 5. Editor in Chief Douglas K. Gordon Editor in Chief Managing Editor - April Daniels Hussar Douglas K. Gordon Art Director - Diego Mantilla Managing Editor Fashion Director - Brigitte Segura Dominique Jackman Director Of Photography - Robert Manella Beauty Editor - Isabelle Tin-Aung Editor + Large - Jasmine Dotiwala Fashion At lifestyle – (text + photos) Editor At Large - Novia Mcdonald-Whyte Director of Photography – Robert Manella Copy Editor - Sarah Tenney Beauty Editor – Isabelle Tin-Aung Contributors Dagmara, Anika Repole, Michelle Jones, Al Alschuler, Colin Williams, Contributors (text + photos) Onika Nkrumah, Patty French, Deborah Grisham, Linda Harper, Mindi brenda fine,Alschuler, Warren Mottley, Theo Faulkner, Ruben Torres,dina Smith, Al karen holly berliner, deborah grisham, julia pogodina, yassin, Harper, Mark Jenkins, Preston Bailey, Allison Kilkenny, Retna, Linda annetta klemens, brigitte segura, carlton jones, ric matthews, Mckenzie James, Anika Repole, Deston Nokes, ron contarsy, seth karecha, rosemary redline, martha birdsong dunning, Tanya Lee, Vanessa Chris, Marie Field, Dominique Jackman, Chie Davis and Calvin French christie dinham, corinne lucquiaud, rita shin, merrell hollis, rochelle rowe- walters, lisa Jackson, mark jenkins, theo faulkner, linda harper, mckenzie Website: Daniel Smith james, chie davis, calvin Manswell Webmaster: Andrew french, pixxera Advertising Design: Antony Hepworth Editorial Intern: Juvie Jean-Baptiste Administration: BobLayout Art + Design + Sukesh Art Direction and Production: Blue Wolf Designs TheHarikrishna - MPS Letters To / S Editor: editor@oceanstylemagazine.com Do you have editorial Advertising feedback or story pitches? submissions, Sales editor@oceanstylemagazine.com Director of Sales Ky-Ann Phillip-Rowe Advertising Sales(t) 305-731-2145 x 105 VP Sales & Marketing - Brian Chin kyann@oceanstylemagazine.com (e) brian.chin@oceanstylemagazine.com VP Sales & Marketing Brian Chin Sales Executive – Alethea(t) 305-731-2145 x 104 Brown brian.chin@oceanstylemagazine.com (e) Representatives Media Network International (Miami, FL) Media Network International (Miami, FL) Caryn Tanis (305) 234-0005 Kathy Courshon305.234.0005 (t) Caryn Tanis (561) 488-4495 caryn@medianetinternational.com (e) Integrated Media Solutions (Chicago, IL) Kathy Courshon 561.488-4495 (t) John Cater (312) 214-6113 kcourshon@bellsouth.net (e) VP Distribution - John Blassingame OCEAN STYLE TV / VP Broadcast Media Chie Davis VP PR & Marketing - Jodi Elliston Subscriptions: (800) 385-8108 VP Broadcast Media - Chie Davis subscribe@oceanstylemagazine.com Web: www.oceanstylemagazine.com/subscribe Subscriptions Facebook: www.facebook.com/oceanstylemagazine Ph: (800) 385-8108 subscribe@oceanstylemagazine.com Administration: John Varghese l Sherise Coombs www.oceanstylemagazine.com/subscribe Publisher Blue Wolf Media, Inc. Published by Blue Wolf Media, Inc. VP Finance & Operations - Stewart Jones VP Finance & Operations - Stewart Jones info@oceanstylemagazine.com Corporate Office: 1152 North University Drive, Suite 301-303. Tel 305-731-2145 Fax 305-395-5195 Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 | Ph: 305-731-2145 | Fax: 305-395-5195 info@oceanstylemagazine.com Corporate Office: 3350 SW 148 Avenue, Suite 203, FL 33027 Regional Office: 1 Ardenne Road, Kingston, Jamaica No part of Ocean Style Magazine may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written consent from Blue Wolf Media, Inc.reproduced in any form or by any means without us No part of Ocean Style Magazine may be For additional reprint information, please contact prior writtenat info@oceanstylemagazine.com or For additional reprint information, consent from Blue Wolf Media, Inc. fax us at 305-395-5195. please contact us at info@oceanstylemagazine.com or fax us at 305-395-5195. www.oceanstylemagazine.com Be Kind to the Environment. Kind this Publication. Be Recycle to the Environment. 12 Recycle this Publication
  6. 6. FROM THE EDITOR "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim content and talent of our contributors to engage the targeted audience too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and and deliver an interesting and quality publication? Are we correct about achieving our mark." our entry into Television and the format of our show? And what of —Michelangelo, Artist our events; are our Fashion Showcase and Golf Invitational truly of an international standard – worthy of the promotion and attendance of Why ‘This is It!’? some of our clientele? Are we worthy of partnerships with companies as highly regarded and brand aware as ESPN? Sandals? Half Moon? Two very opposite meanings come to mind with those three words. The pessimistic perspective suggesting the proverbial ‘final nail in the We have come so far … coffin’ and the other, and the one I am more inclined to subscribe to, the turning of a corner and harbinger of exciting things to come! and yet there is so far left to go! In my mind, the choice of MJ for the cover offered us an opportunity It’s not an original sentiment and yet is truly summarizes the position to align some of our ambitions with arguably the boldest move of his of Ocean Style as we reflect on our journey and embrace our future. career. After all, while an icon based on his many years of success, he While the currency of many of the most successful businesses, capital, had in recent times come to be regarded more for his ‘celebrity’ than to pounce on opportunity in the face of contraction, was not ours his incredible talent. Yet here he was making the bold statement that we were not lacking for ideas, enthusiasm and perseverance. And I ‘This is It!’ would be his final live tour. Whether we really believed am happy to say that while staying focused on our audience and our that it would be his last or not, the fact is, and as attested to by the mission that the company we are today is a lot more focused with movie of the same name which documented the preparation for this greater opportunities than ever before. The road ahead promises seminal event, MJ was about to put his everything into this tour. Most nothing rosy but it does promise more than it did at this stage last year critically, for MJ, as the movie showed, this tour was not about being and that is, all things being considered, remarkable. a testament to his rich past; it was a celebration of his present and an indication of his future. Here he was at 49 about to undertake what for Our intention, and I wish to make this clear, is not to brag or showoff a young person was an incredibly grueling performance schedule and about ‘positive steps’ (as that is all they are) but to maybe raise our he embraced the opportunity with seeming relish and the enthusiasm own bar a little bit by placing into the public domain some of what we of someone who was finally going to allow his performance, his talent, wish to be. We hope against hope that our mix of enthusiasm for our his vocation to re-define him. subject matter and our readers and our good fortune with any number of talented and accomplished contributors and partners really does And it is with first the humbling disclaimer that our goals are fully allow us to signal that for our brand, our ambitions and our business divorced from the lofty achievements of MJ; instead the lesson we take that after the perseverance, focus, ‘never say die’ and some of our is that sometimes you need to take a bold step not just for those on modest successes that this really does represent a time when we will the outside looking on (whether in support or opposition of what you not be cowed by the challenges or retreat in the face of the obstacles stand for and what you’re trying to do) but also because it can serve but instead we will remain firm in the pursuit of our goals and focus on both as a wakeup call and a source of tremendous motivation. delivering the results that show we are ready for a bright and successful future. We will continue to push forward, seeking to capture the In a more specific reference to our publication, we embrace the ‘This is elements that distinguish Ocean Style as the foremost authority on the It!’ slogan as a sign that we are coming into our own as a publication good life in the Caribbean. As lofty as our ambitions may be we are and media entity. We have in the pages of this issue comprehensively also sufficiently grounded to know that it is only through the valued covered the Caribbean a manner that reflects our mission and for critique of our audience that we will be judged. that I feel a great deal of excitement. In this issue from journalists to photographers, resorts to services, the expansion of our editorial has In other words, in this moment, been greatly facilitated by the number of entities who have gravitated This is It! to the publication and our readership. My task, and one for which I am grateful, is to continue to shepherd our editorial in a manner that resonates with a readership that knows and enjoys a Caribbean that is at once relaxed and sophisticated, modern yet traditional. We strive to continue to bring that perspective to our readers based in the US, UK, Toronto and throughout the Caribbean. The last twelve months have been quite a roller-coaster. The financial challenges posed to our business in the midst of the dramatic falloff in the economy, took us instantly to survival mode. While circumstances dictated that we scale back many of our plans, they also presented us with other opportunities that we seized, even as they represented ‘expansion’. We feel that this issue and where Ocean Style as a brand and company presently sit that it is time to look forward and boldly embrace that ambitious future. Are we prepared? Are we right about the mix of 18
  7. 7. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Obama Mania As a collector of Obama images and imagery, I must commend you on your cover’s de- sign. Your cover really stood out on the newsstand – that is how I managed to pick up an issue as I am not a regular reader. Your cover: President Barack Obama without a tie for me symbolizes the need for all of us even the President to take off the tie and roll up our sleeves and get to the real work of rebuilding America, managed to capture what the Obama Presidency means to those who voted for him: hope for the future but not without hard work. –Elizabeth, New York SNEAK PEEK Sun, Sea, Sand and Thanks for the sneak peek...Now I Slavery? just perused it; so that’s just my ‘at a glance feedback’...but overall A+ Thank you Ocean Style Magazine for the as usual. piece by Deston Nokes on Curacao’s Muse- Loving the cover; it’s so vibrant um Kura Hulanda. I have visited the ABC is- and alive... lands several times over the past decade and I think Richard Thompson should somehow overlooked this institution. In fact have gotten his own space in the many of my native friends were unaware of Beijing top ten. its existence and of their country’s role in the I liked the Grecian dress on pg 52 :-) triangle trade. I really enjoy features such as these that educate readers about the history The Preston Bailey feature was of the region especially as it relates to the informative and makes you realize To punish slaves, they would be locked history of slavery and the continuing impor- how simple it is to do stuff like that in this metal chair and put out in the at home. sun. The heat would be intense. tance of the Caribbean to the economy of the US rather than just pr omoting the image The Port Antonio shoot was lovely… very surreal. of the tropical paradise. The history of the Caribbean is more blood, sweat and tears than sun, sea and sand. Thank you OSM for presenting more than Wish the trip to Sandals was for the usual clichéd images of the Caribbean Diaspora. solo people so I could enter lol!! Liked the mating rituals article: try- –Janette, Miami ing to figure out if I am the devilish dolphin or the beautiful butterfly. Ocean Style Online: beyond the pages Liked the slavery article; that was nice and DIFFERENT from the run of the magazine - The ultimate paperless of the mill... online reading experience. Super Eco The Sumfest et al article was a good read. friendly too! I need to read that Kiss and Run “turn”, online and back issues too! book... Genius! From what I have seen your publication is the only one that offers this feature – Vogue, Bazaar, Elle please take note. In this age where we need to watch our paper consumption and where media houses have to reexamine how to keep up in this increasingly online wireless paperless world, you have succeeded in making the transition – I love reading magazines but I I love reading magazines but hate scrolling through articles on lately I’ve been feeling very guilty the web. Your site offers the best because of the amount of paper of both worlds. I also enjoy your they use even when I recycle them. weekly newsletter. Keep up the My latest obsession – your website! good work! That you have put the actual magazine with pages that I can –Stacey, Barbados
  8. 8. OUR CONTRIBUTORS PATRICIA JULIA K Y- A N N MESCHINO POGODINA P HILLI P- ROWE Patricia Meschino has been writing about In 2005 Julia Pogodina moved from Mos- From the age of 10, Ky-Ann Phillip-Rowe Caribbean music and culture for almost cow to New York to pursue her dream. Af- knew she was destined for a career in fi- 20 years. She is a contributor to Billboard ter 7 years of being a corporate lawyer she nance. Growing up with business-oriented Magazine, the music editor of Air Jamaica’s quit her office job and became a freelance parents there was ample opportunity to Sky Writings magazine and a former staff fashion/beauty photographer. Her pictures expand and challenge her budding financial writer at Bobmarley.com. She has free- stand out for their vibrant tones, accurate acumen. lanced for various media houses including compositions, dreamy locations, and the The Associated Press, Vibe, The Source, The edgy elegance combined with strong sen- With her early career taking her to Deutsche Miami New Times, Jamrock Magazine and suality that she manages to capture with Bank Securities and Morgan Stanley on Wall the UK’s Red Bulletin. each model. Street, she presently enjoys life as a finan- cial advisor with the Wellins Dubler Group Pogodina played with a sense of balance of Wells Fargo Advisors in Coral Springs, and geometrics in this issue of Ocean Style FL. There she focuses on helping individu- when photographing Jamaican model, Lisa als and businesses develop sound financial Jackson (former America’s Next Top Model and investment strategies in line with their contestant), for Lines Solitaire – a fashion needs, goals and risk tolerance. editorial. Her spare minutes are absorbed with her family, charities and her passion for domi- noes. 22
  9. 9. Why not restore a little balance to your life?
  10. 10. LIFE STYLE FEATURE FEATURE [New York] PROFILE Raquel Dadlani Home: Montego Bay, Jamaica Originally from the South Caribbean, this Trinidad and Tobago native has come to call Montego Bay, Jamaica home for the past 15 years where she lives with her husband, Aroon and their two kids. When she isn’t caring for her two year old twin sons, Anand and Ameer, the 40 year old businesswoman spends her time helping her husband and his brother run their Casa De Oro chain of duty free stores and seeks to grow her newest venture Movers and Shakers with friend and business partner, Stacey Chung. Movers and Shakers is a boutique artist management agency that offers its clients consulting and branding services in addition to the usual management services. They presently work with a number of top reggae artists including Beenie Man, Cecile and Spice. At Casa de Oro the business day is anchored amongst the luxury of brands such as Cartier, Tiffany, Roberto Coin and Vacheron Constantin to name but a few. But regardless of the new trinkets these high end jewelers offer each year her favorite remains the Cartier watch her husband gave her four years after they started dating. Balancing the demands of the fast- paced music industry and those of a dynamic retail company (on top of two young kids) would test the most seasoned of businesspeople, yet Raquel somehow manages to juggle the load with her signature elegance and charm, and an infectious smile. UP NEXT: This modern day entrepreneur strives to excel in both her business ventures while seeking the best for her family. When she isn’t working, relaxation in Jamaica takes place at The Caves in Negril, though she regularly ventures with Aroon to Trinidad for the annual Carnival. What are Raquel tips for living a ‘fabulous life’? “Live, laugh, love and be honest.” PHOTOGRAPHER: ROBERT MANELLA 25
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  12. 12. FASHION + STYLE [FASHION STOP] ‘Catching up’ ...with Anna Ruth Henriques, an advocate of beautiful things…an artisan, nature lover, and spiritualist. Fashion Expert Brigitte Segura interviews Anna in New York. Brigitte Segura (OS): Anna, tell me how you got started… how did we end up here? Anna Henriques (AH): I started drawing and painting in Jamaica. Even before high school, that was my main form of expression. It PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT MANELLA accidentally evolved into jewelry. OS: How do you mean ‘accidentally’? AH: A friend of mine, wanted to branch out into jewelry and talked me into taking a wax carving class to keep her company. I wasn’t interested in fashion or jewelry at the time. OS: So you took the class with her...and then? AH: Yes, we took the class, but she dropped out, and I stayed. That class in New York triggered everything; one thing led to another. The whole process gave me a lot of satisfaction, so I started to integrate my artwork into jewelry and amulets. OS: So it’s a fashionable good luck charm that just happens to be trendy. Bugs are big at the moment, so are leaves. I see you also have leaves. AH: (Smiling…) Growing up, I drove my two sisters’ crazy collecting insects. In fact, I have a fantastic collection, a cabinet full of insects from New York; some dragonflies, cicadas. You should come to my apartment and have a look. OS: Your pieces are versatile to wear and beautiful. They aren’t frivolous, but they are precious and also have a message. Do your pieces come with a written story? AH: “Raindrops keep falling” is the name of this piece. Some people see the rain as a hindrance or an annoyance, but rain feeds the Earth. It’s a cleanser, and symbolic of abundance. In a hard moment, this could teach you something. This piece has a dragonfly… dragonflies are believed to be the bridge between heaven and earth; they carry the soul of the person to the next life. The way they touch down and the way they move, these insects are magical. The message starts with the sales person, whether it’s at Barneys, or the owner at a small boutique; she passes along the message. OS: Do you think a Barneys fashionista will get the message? AH: For the person who holds it, it takes on a different significance as she lives with the piece. If you take a closer look at the artwork within the 28
  13. 13. the price range for these lovely You have pieces? to feel AH: An amulet can cost about $6,500 retail. There’s a lot of 18K as if you gold, and the stone is almost 200 ‘cannot carats. People may think its glass, but it’s rock crystal that has been live hand-carved; and rock crystal without magnifies, so this amulet would amplify bringing good things doing what into your life. you do,’ OS: How long have you been then you at Barneys? Where else can we find your things? know it’s AH: I am exclusive at Barneys for you. and some small boutiques, where there is no Barneys in the same city. You can find my things in the Caribbean, in Puerto Rico at Reinholds and in Jamaica at Jewels and Time. I would like to expand into more exclusive boutiques, maybe even some in jewelry, you will see everything Europe. Most importantly, boutiques in places has a double meaning. The where the owner has an appreciation for art, people that collect my work see the precious materials and craftsmanship and can thread of connection, they look below the surface. share with her customer. OS: How long before you were in Barneys? How OS: What would be your advice to someone did you end up there? that is interested in starting jewelry design? AH: Oh I was making jewelry and selling it AH: Take a class. If you can’t afford an art class or for about 2 years or so, and I wanted a fancy art school, take it at the local ‘Y’… that’s to expand. I started thinking of where I took my first class. Also, apprentice; work the Barney’s clientele, and put for ‘experience only’ get familiar with the process together a look book with and see if you like it. The truth of it is, it’s a lot of drawings and photos in it work… spreadsheets until midnight, I do all of my and dropped it off at their own photography, I photo shop, I order materials, headquarters. and I create. It’s not easy; there are simpler OS: And that was it? ways to make a living. You have to feel as if you ‘cannot live without doing what you do,’ then you AH: Yes, I got a call back know it’s for you. If I didn’t paint and write and within 45 minutes of make jewelry, I would drive everyone around me dropping off the book; the crazy, including myself. rest is history. OS: Wow! That’s rather For Inquiries please visit unusual, Barneys is very selective. What is www.annaruthenriques.com
  14. 14. OCEANSTYLE [online] online! Ocean Splash! eZine….. oceanstylemagazine.com… ONLOCATION Blog……. Facebook weekly fashion updates and the best in fashion and lifestyle! the OCEAN STYLE Journey… our regularly updated website connects you to all elements of OCEAN STYLE 31
  15. 15. FASHION [BEAUTY SECRETS] My Beauty Secrets S ocialite Soraya Ho Sing Loy reveals to Ocean Style Beauty Editor, Isabelle Tin-Aung, her best kept beauty secrets, from replenishing thirsty skin to helpful beauty travel tips. A devotee to meditation she credits the Buddhist philosophy for helping her maintain a sense of balance in her hectic schedule. OS: What is your daily beauty regimen? SHSL: I start my day with a Buddhist chant which eliminates any stress lines. I follow up with washing my face with Ren's (clean bio active) jojoba micro bead purifying facial scrub. Then in an old fashioned manner I use Noxzema cleaning pads to ensure any wannabe pimples are short lived! OS: Are you a big fan of make up during the day? SHSL: It's 'barely there'… for me during the day. Creme de la Mer moisturizing cream and lip gloss by Benefit. OS: What are your sun care secrets? SHSL: Being in Barbados for the last 16 years, I live at the beach and always use Sunblock - Hawaiian Tropic's Baby Faces SPF 50. OS: Biggest influence on your beauty regimen? Whose look do you admire? SHSL: I admit to having a beautiful mother who despite her busy schedule always used Estee Lauder’s skin range. At 65 years old, her skin radiates as though she was 40! OS: You're stranded on an island. What's your one beauty must have? SHSL: Lipstick! Dior Celebrity Red, definitely. Hopefully as I pout under water I am able to lure curious fish for my dinner plus it could double up as a marker as I write "Help!" OS: You travel a lot. What are some of your beauty travel secrets? SHSL: I never wear makeup on long haul flights. You sometimes end up looking like a raccoon when you arrive at your destination. I wear my Holistic Silk eye mask during the flight and dab on Dior Red Lipstick on arrival, giving me the confidence to charm even the BEAUTY SECRETS: Soraya Ho Sing-Loy haughtiest immigration officer. Home: St. James, Barbados OS: What is in your make-up bag that would Photo: Calvin French surprise people? SHSL: A toothbrush and paste. A truly beautiful woman is nothing without a smile and minty fresh breath! 33
  16. 16. FASHION ESCAPE JAMAICA FASHION [Corseted Romance] [Gadgets & Tech] A CORSETED ROMANCE By : BRIGITTE SEGURA 1 BLOODY 2 GOOD STUFF 3 4 11 5 6 13 Photos: RODIN BANICA 9 7 10 8 12 1. [Fannie] silver strappy sandals, $225…SHANE & SHAWN…www.shaneandshawn.com 8. [bIG oval] black (hand-carved tagua nut) ring in silver, $175.00… TAGUA, 2. [LOVE chain] necklace, $145…MOSCHINO CheapandChic… www.moschino.it www.tagualife.com 3. [laksham] zip front CORSET in black, $250…DITU… www.dituonline.com 9. [CLOSER] wallet in black, $85… MAT & NAT …mattandnat.com 4. [SATIN] evening shoe with Swarovski heel and platform in black, price upon request… 10. [Ciarla] sandals in silver metallic leather, $230… SHANE & SHAWN… KAREN MILLEN... www.karenmillen.com www.shaneandshawn.com 5. VICTOR HUGO [ostrich] envelope clutch in SILVER metalli , $1280… 11. [snakeskin] belt in turquoise with SWAROVSKI buckle detail, $920… KATI STERN for VICTOR HUGO NY, 520 Madison Avenue… 212.308.7843 VENEXIANA www.katisternvenexiana.com. 6. SATIN [printed lace] SATIN shoe in off-white with bow, $255… KAREN MILLEN… 12. VICTOR HUGO [CROCODILE] oval evening bag in amethyst, $1,459.00… VICTOR www.karenmillen.com 34 HUGO NY, 520 Madison Avenue… 212.308.7843 7. [GEO- print] satin wallet, $68 …DEUX LUX…www.shop2lux.com 13. [strappy] platform sandal in black suede, $ 320… KAREN MILLEN… www.karenmillen.com
  17. 17. BEAUTIFUL UNDULATING PROPERTY IN JAMAICA 31 Acres Overlooking Picturesque Montego Bay. Offering beautiful, panoramic ocean views of Montego Bay and Freeport, these 31 acres of undulating land offer a excellent opportunity for a Residential Development or A mere 3.5 miles from Jamaica’s Eco-Tourism. second city and tourism capital, Montego Bay, the property will also offer easy access to Negril with the completion of the four lane highway presently under construction. PRICE: US$1 MILLION To arrange to view or for more information: Janette Phillip (876) 978-8418 or (876) 819-9232 (t) janette_phillip@hotmail.com (e) Fay Kessler Realty (876) 383-2256 or (876) 815-8274 faykesslerrealty@gmail.com (e)
  18. 18. MONEY & INVESTING ACTION PLAN 2010 2010….. My Money and Life To-Do’s…. get a training dance… regularly. Seriously, I will 1. I will go to the gym/do yoga/Pilates/spin/run/pole working out. buddy so we can nag each other into else to do with my g social; I will just find something 2. I will quit smo king socially but I won’t quit bein hands and mouth. get tested regularly. I will get my lady bits checked and 3. I will always practice safe sex and Caribbean vacation ; Two Words: Girl friend 4. I will not wait for that ‘special someone’ to go on a fabulous Getaway. agement. it card is NOT proper financial man 5. I will get my fina nces in proper order. Freezing my cred an extension them in on time and not apply for 6. I will get help filing my taxes and send on. It is time for me to home, and getting that tax deducti 7. I will explore the feasibility of buying my own tgage. stop paying off my landlord’s mor 40-70% off sale! I will ask it is a bargain, at a sample sale or a 8. I will not buy a “designer” item just because drobe and when I shop I will buy the this (if I could)? I will shop my war myself, “Would I pay full price for , Conways). means Target or, perish the thought best quality I can afford (even if that ey and stick to ch a couple times a week to save mon 9. I will have a proper breakfast at home and pack my lun le change that will result in will go to a nutritionist for a food-sty my diet. Actually no, I will not diet, I weight-loss. seemingly magical and effortless as Padma/Katie Lee Joel/Sandra/ inner Iron Chef; so I can look as good 10. I will learn to cook and channel my throw chez moi . at all those BYOB dinner parties I will Rachel whi le showing off my culinary skills desk , et, my wardrobe/dresser/vanity, my 11. I will reduce, reuse and recycle….my junk draw, my hall clos pile of assorted mail, , my fridge (mystery meat??!!), the the chai r under that pile of clothes in my room by the sofa. magazines, catalogues on the floor ming an organ donor. 12. I will seriously think about beco ls, and the ones on ns that send me the cute mailing labe 13. I will send $$ contribute to those nice organizatio e amazing resorts and those poor that I want to go on vacation to thos TV that save children in countries s. animals that Sarah Mclachlan help not married, don’t have kids, or pets . 14. I will get my @#$% toge ther and make a will although I am king, to half (or even a myself for not doing/getting or stic Most importantly, I will not berate Small Stuff because day to start afresh! Don’t Sweat the qua rter) of this list. Everyday is new can Change Your n Soup are Good for T Soul. You he Conversations with God and Chicke That cially T Rules and even if He’s Not he Life without T Four Agreements and espe he OK you’re s, T Secret is that in my book if I’m he Into You because Men are from Mar to Your Life’s Purpose. OS OK and that is the way to Awaken 37
  19. 19. ON SPOT TT Carnival [New York] CARNIVAL! Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago W ined until after ith the celebrations barely being restra Christmas Day, the “Carnival Season” in Trinidad and Tobago is that culminate in marked by 2-3 months of frenetic partying moves to the streets. Carnival Monday and Tuesday when the party rated excess! Here is some of the glitzy, glamour and celeb PHOTOS BY PIXXERA. 39
  20. 20. ON SPOT TT Carnival David George and friend Island People Shaka Hislop, Jenny Sharma, Mike St. John, Dwight Yorke Dexter Charles Spice - Band Tribe - JW and Blaze Leader Beenie Man & Dwayne Bravo 40
  21. 21. ESCAPE MALDIVES Whether the Caribbean Sea or the Indian Ocean…perfect is, well, perfect. No Problem…… MALDIVES STYLE! T By Brenda Fine Can a day at the spa get any better, or sexier, than this? Our “Unite Me: he sun is directly overhead, baking the sands and flashing Crystal Ritual” couples massage leaves us lulled and relaxed, our skin prisms on the turquoise sea. But we’re cooled by breezes and renewed and glowing from massages with local coconut oils. All this lavish sheltered under a leafy canopy of banyan trees. It’s another pampering PLUS a rare front-row view of a tropical reef. of our languid lunches on the beach and although the table is dressed in crisp white linen, and the waiters are elegant in their You may be thinking that this outrageously sybaritic spa just has to be at earth-toned uniforms, we’re barefoot and casual, with only Raffles Canouan Island in the Grenadines. Or maybe the Ritz Carlton in t-shirts covering our swimsuits. An attentive waiter lifts the Grand Cayman, Laluna in Grenada? No to all of the above. The world’s first chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from the wine bucket and underwater spa, Lime, is just one more incredible amenity of this intensely refills our crystal glasses. And, as our just-caught tuna begins private haven in the Maldives, Huvafen Fushi. to sizzle on the outdoor grill, we catch ourselves grinning like school kids at recess as we raise a toast to the good life. Huvafen Fushi is an uncommonly luxurious resort that occupies its own private atoll in the Maldives. And while it’s only a 30-minute speedboat ride Sounds like a great day on Macaroni Beach in Mustique, right? No. Then, from Male International Airport, it is light-years removed from our everyday maybe one of those posh beach picnics at Little Dix in the BVI? Perhaps, it’s lives. a personal chef-catered fete at Altamer Villa in Anguilla? Of course it could be any one of those. Or any of dozens of other romantic Caribbean beach The magic began at the airport where we were met by a young “Thakuru,” resorts. But it’s not. This idyllic beach scene is taking place half a world away (which is Maldivian for butler) from the resort. After ushering us onto the from the Caribbean, on a private island in the Maldives. waiting boat he then effortlessly sorted out the luggage. Several drinks and cold towels later, we had arrived at the resort’s dock and were being The setting shifts to a thatch-roofed structure perched on stilts out over welcomed by an attentive staff that settled us into golf carts for the ride a placid lagoon. We enter into its cool darkness and immediately descend to our “bungalow.” (It should be noted here that calling these lavish villas a staircase, down, down thirteen feet below the lagoon’s surface. We’ve “bungalows” is roughly the same as referring to a Jaguar XKR as a “beach entered a rare and exotic world --- Lime Spa --- the world’s first under- buggy”). the-sea spa. Our couples’ treatment room is walled with glass observation windows, giving us a fish’s eye-view of an authentic live coral reef. As we Huvafen Fushi has a total of 43 of these “bungalows,” ranging in size and stare in fascination, a school of blue striped snapper flashes by in perfect WOW-factor from the merely fabulous to the frankly ‘out of this world’. formation. Most are set on stilts out over the water, some facing outward to the Indian 42
  22. 22. Ocean, others facing the atoll’s peaceful inner lagoon. And those few Republic of Maldives which, we learned, consists of 19 atolls made up of accommodations not perched directly over the water are tucked away into 1,192 islets (only 250 of which are inhabited). Some travel guru accurately the island’s tropical forest, connected by a short and very private path to described a visit to the Maldives as “long-haul luxury.” There’s no quarrel the beach. with the luxury part, and certainly not with the length of the trip, either. It truly was a long haul from home (New York City) to these sandy shores. OK, there’s plenty of sun and sand and sea and lots of pampering. But you’re probably wondering why anyone would travel halfway around the world for So here we are, after having logged many hours in transit, relaxing in the this when there are so many fabulous options right here in the Caribbean. glow of unabashed luxury at one of the world’s premier resorts. What does it Good question. And one to which there are plenty of good answers. For one take to catapult a resort into the ratings stratosphere? Basically, everything. thing: “Because it’s there,” (Mallory’s famous reply when asked why anyone Start with a setting that’s straight out of a beach-lover’s fantasy. You’re would climb Mt. Everest) springs to mind. People who are hooked on great on a pancake-flat, sandy atoll, which means there’s a beach edging water beaches just naturally tend to want to sample as many as possible; to collect everywhere you look - the inner lagoon, shimmering and shifting in shades them like so many exotic shells and experience the best the world has to of turquoise, and the vast Indian Ocean stretching out in endless blues from offer. We started our own personal world-class every place on the island. The connection to “collection” with the incomparable beaches of the sea you experience here is so profound as the Caribbean, and are now branching out to The connection to the sea you to inspire awe. And, of course, the weather is those further afield. as dependable as the mangoes served at Celcuis experience here is so profound every morning at breakfast: always the same, So far afield, in fact, that we’re out in the Indian always just right. Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka, somewhere in the as to inspire awe. Given the sheer drama of Mother Nature out here, it makes perfect sense that the resort has been designed to soothe with creature comforts. One major element of this would be privacy. The over-water bungalows are constructed to maximize privacy by distancing each over-water hideaway from the others. And those hidden in the jungle are, well, they’re hidden in the jungle. The interiors of our home-away-from-home represent another comfort factor. Here it’s all about balancing luxury and technology. While the decor is deceptively simple, minimal yet elegant, the focus is on luxurious fabrics and natural materials. Interestingly, each bungalow is also tricked out with the very latest in high- tech electronics and gadgets. In other words, while you’re snuggled in those silky Frette sheets in your outrageously oversized bed, reach out and grab that remote from the bedside table. Click once, and your own personalized choice of music plays through the Bose surround-sound in the bungalow. Click again, and the blackout shades rise soundlessly to reveal brilliant sunlight splashing down on your private deck with its canopied daybed, cushy chaises around the plunge pool. And beyond all that, endless miles 43
  23. 23. ESCAPE MALDIVES of aquamarine sea; and that’s just the view from your bed. While so many high-end beach resorts interpret comfort to mean an abundance of such ‘citified’ elements as marble bathrooms, oversized shower heads, oversized flat screen TVs, and so on. At Huvafen Fushi, comfort takes its rightful place within an island context (comfort, as in bare feet). Let’s face it, there’s a lot of sand on an island and who wants to teeter around in the sand in Manolos? But dress up for dinner, by all means. This is the perfect place for showing off your most gorgeous designer resort wear, but at the same time, be comfortable, after all, sand was meant for bare feet. Shoeless considerations aside, there are dozens of impressively high-end elements that make up this resort. For one, there’s Vinum, a $750,000 wine- inventory cellar, cool and dark and inviting, down below ground level. It’s impressive Round Table also happens to be the setting for one of the most amazingly instructional and uproariously entertaining wine tasting dinners I’ve ever attended. (Chateau Petrus, anyone?) Huvafen Fushi’s restaurants are designed to showcase not just the stellar cuisine, but also the naturally sensual setting. It’s hard to overstate the appeal of dining at Salt, enjoying expertly prepared fresh-caught seafood while seated on the outdoor deck that’s cantilevered out over the water, waves splashing lightly beneath, the moon and about ten zillion stars overhead, candles flickering on tables, wine chilling in nearby buckets, soft breezes cooling bare shoulders. One of my life’s greatest thrills is to be True beach lovers will relate to the all-important fact that there’s nothing underwater, hovering above a tangle pretentious here. The underlying premise of Huvafen Fushi seems to be: enjoy the very best that civilization can provide – but enjoy it in comfort. If of colorful corals, watching to see tiny this means no shoes, bravo! If this means checking into your bungalow and critters reveal themselves. not leaving for the entire stay, that’s all good too. If it means scuba diving every day, several times a day, that’s more than OK. very close range. I’ve seen manta rays before – but usually from a distance And that is something which brings me to a personal story about diving as they soar past like prehistoric birds. But these guys kept coming back and at Huvafen Fushi. For years, I’ve been scuba diving off many islands in the back, flying and dipping like stealth bombers, sometimes skimming the top Caribbean. Some, like Bonaire, Caymans Islands and Dominica, are blessed of my head as they zoomed past. with more exciting walls and reefs and underwater sites than others. But there’s no such thing as a boring dive; at least not to me. One of my life’s Back on the boat, Laurent shared the secret. This spot is a cleaning station; greatest thrills is to be underwater, hovering above a tangle of colorful a place where the giant rays know they can always find little worker fish, corals, watching to see tiny critters reveal themselves; or to watch masses of eager to “clean” them by nibbling away the annoying parasites from their wings and bodies. And so the rays are delighted to keep coming back for more. Laurent also told me that he estimated the wingspan of the largest of the rays to be more than 14 feet. Perhaps, after all, the most comfortable element of all comes from the people of Huvafen Fushi. With a guest-to-staff ratio of five to one, you have five people focusing all their efforts towards making sure you’re enjoying every minute to its fullest. From Laurent to the attentive wait staff in every restaurant, to Aishath, our incomparable Thakuru who literally awaited our call, any hour of the day or night, to the legion of “unseens” who keep the resort running smoothly. My husband Burt celebrated his birthday while we were there. Following his festive birthday dinner we returned home to find the entire suite shimmering with candlelight. Someone had placed dozens, no rainbow-colored fish flick past in tight formation. Or witness a solitary shark hundreds, of votive candles everywhere. And there, on our huge king-size patrolling a space far out where the water darkens into that marine blue of bed, was a Maldivian work of art: two entwined hearts created by a deftly the deep. It’s all part of the thrill. folded and pleated top sheet, which was then liberally illustrated with flower petals and palm fronds. The next day I made sure to seek out the artist. Turns So naturally I couldn’t wait to dive in the Maldives, which is renowned for out it was Faisal, our regular “housekeeper,” one of the background staff, its wealth of underwater wonders. The resort’s dive boat is comfortable and someone we had never even seen before. He modestly accepted our praise expertly equipped, captained by Laurent, the extraordinary Swiss-born Dive and thanks, and then shyly agreed to let us watch as he demonstrated his Manager, and his crew of three. craft by re-creating his design. Laurent hadn’t given me much in the way of a pre-dive plan, other than to All just part of a day in paradise, and Huvafen Fushi really IS paradise; the smile mysteriously and tell me he knew I’d love this site. It was fairly shallow, kind of paradise where, just as in the Caribbean, one single phrase can only about 40 feet down, and strewn with large boulders, but otherwise represent the spirit of true hospitality. Whatever your whim: “Massala eh seemed quite unremarkable. That is, until the cast of characters blew in. neiy!” (That means “No problem!” in Dhivehi, the language of the magical There were six or seven of them; large, no gigantic, manta rays, soaring in at Maldives). 44
  24. 24. Jamaica’s Tryall Club offers a unique collection of villas nestled in a private club setting that starts at the turquoise Caribbean and continues into the panoramic hills. Each villa is complete with attentive staff offering Jamaican cuisine, excellent service and classic Tryall Club hospitality. Reserve one of our luxurious villas today by calling The Tryall Club Jamaica – 876.956.5660, 876.633.8000 or Toll free 800.238.5290 or visit us on line at www.tryallclub.com
  25. 25. BODY & SOUL PLAY THERAPY Do the MATH…. Play- Pla: A leisure activity that is undertaken purely for enjoyment or muse, and has no other objective. Therapy -ther- -pe: Treatment of mind, body and soul by some rehabilitating or curative process. THE HEALING POTENTIAL OF ADULTS AT PLAY Take a canoe on the Cabbage Haul Creek. Look out for the water birds Play, joy, and spontaneity are deeply rooted in all of our hearts and souls. and manatees in the Sapodilla Lagoon, bird watch or take a scenic hike to Infants driven by primal curiosity, playfully explore the universe around spectacular waterfalls or a day trip to Xunantunich Mayan ruin. The resort them which in turn helps to shape their inner core and psyche. Adults are no will see to all of the details of your chosen excursions. different at all. For us, play continues to be an important vehicle in which Hydrotherapy: Explore the nearby coast with hobie cats and sea kayaks to enrich us. Intimacy. Inner peace. Mind/body integration. Play results in available at the resort. Snorkeling and scuba diving excursions with certified all of those many things as it truly is the quintessential holistic experience. divemasters can also be arranged. If you’d rather keep it simple, just throw Endorphins are released, as play gently coaxes us into a state of well-being on a bathing suit and take a leisurely swim. and calm; silliness and joy. Play becomes a natural and gentle world in which Sensory Integration: Submit if you will to the sights, fragrances and sounds our inner selves can safely be explored. about you, as you feel your senses heighten, ready to inhale every last drop When we are laughing, singing, dancing, moving or simply enjoying life, we of Kanatik’s wonder in grand elegance and lush tropical splendor. Take in the tend to take fuller breaths. So inhale… exhale…then get out there and play! powdered sugar lined beach front stretching for miles. Poke a toe into the aquamarine bath warm sea, itself as vivid as a masterpiece painting. It’s A Jungle Out There and a Paradise Too… Taste: Local flavors combine with a splash of Italian heritage in perfect Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort, Belize fusion, resulting in mouth watering Creole-Mediterranean cuisine. The Kanantik actually means “to take care” in the native language of Maya culinary team at Kanantik brings together a medley of local flavors with a Mopan. Taking impeccable care of you is in fact, just what this resort does; dash of Italian heritage from the resort’s owner. and from head to toe. Located in the Southern region of Belize in Central Movement: The Garifuna people of Belize, celebrate a diverse and rich America, this all inclusive and eco-sensitive spot is lazily sprawled out on an culture that is a blend of African traditions of music, dance and religious endless expanse of private beach, encompassing over 300 acres of unspoiled ceremonies. Guests of Kanantik can enjoy traditional Garifuna songs and forest. Some 25 fully appointed cabanas adorned with palapas, beautiful dance styles as a local Garifuna dance group performs at the resort weekly. handmade furnishings, luxurious rain showers and large decks all come Sound: Unusual and distinct birds and wildlife join together to provide a together in providing the ultimate space and luxury, while at the same time symphony of amazing clarity and resonance. Just sit still and listen. tempering its spoils with nature’s gifts offered by the setting. Built on the seas, yet with the jungle as the backdrop, this secluded haven truly offers Aroma Therapy: Every bloom and lush foliage brings a new waft of tropical the best of both worlds. perfume and natural incense. Close your eyes and take it in. No peeking… Final Therapeutic Musings: You can learn more about a man in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation. – Plato OLLY, OLLY OXEN FREE BY KAREN HOLLY BERLINER Me Tarzan, You Jane - Couples Therapy Kanantik is dreamily secluded and is a Belize hideaway that is clean, beautiful, and most of all...romantic. Why not grab a billowy hammock and take a lazy nap with your partner? Kick off your flip flops and walk the expanse of the seashore hand in hand. Lie side by side in the late evening and count the shimmering stars as they wink playfully back at you. Reconnect. Group Therapy: Kanatik is located 18 miles south of Dangriga Town, the cultural center of the Garifuna people, and four miles south of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the large and national park dedicated to the preservation of the jaguar. 46
  26. 26. Introducing the latest addition to the RockResorts® collection – Balcones del Atlántico. Located on the breathtaking Samaná Peninsula in the Domincan Republic, Balcones del Atlántico is truly a picturesque paradise of simple luxury and a departure from the ordinary. Delight in the lush rainforests, unspoiled beaches, vibrant coral reefs and mountain waterfalls. Explore the colorful village of Las Terrenas, Samaná’s most popular town. Appreciate the thoughtful amenities and level of service synonymous with RockResorts. ASPEN, CO BEAVER CREEK, CO BRECKENRIDGE, CO VAIL, CO LAS TERRENAS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MIAMI, FL SANTA FE, NM JACKSON HOLE, WY RODNEY BAY, ST. LUCIA Opening 2010
  27. 27. BLOODY GOODSTUFF[Gadgets & Tech] BLOODY GOOD STUFF VIVIENNE TAM DIGITAL CLUTCH v2.0 (aka HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam Edition) D escribed as “Hands down the best looking netbook”, and Amazon best selling, the HP mini 1140NR was deemed “the perfect fashion accessory and the world’s first digital clutch.” So what did HP and designer Vivienne Tam, do? Well they improved on the original…obviously! The new model was introduced with great aplomb via the runways of New York Fashion Week, and like Tam’s 2010 collection, the notebook design is inspired by the classic Chinese love story Butterfly Lovers. With its sleek (2.6 pounds and 1-inch thin) profile and a host of snazzy features (instant-on technology, high- “As a fashion designer performance audio and built-in I have always found webcam), it promises equal degrees of excitement for fashionistas and inspiration in bringing techies alike. contrasting worlds Available March 2010 with a together,” said world- starting price of $599 at U.S. renowned designer retailers including Neiman Marcus, Amazon.com, Best Buy and J&R Vivienne Tam. Electronics. Visit www.hp.com/ viviennetam for additional retailers. 49
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  29. 29. ESCAPE FEATURE [ROLEX REGATTA] [New York] REGATTA FEVER A Delightful Union of World- Class Event and Destination combine at the Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas. BY DOUGLAS GORDON L anding at the Cyril E. King airport in St. Thomas is reminiscent of landing at Crown Point in Tobago. There is an uncompli- cated, familiar feeling about the airport; less international point of entry and more gateway to a warm welcome to your country home – albeit via air and not auto. As one of three islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands - a chain under US governance - St. Thomas offers many of the conveniences of living in the United States within a Caribbean landscape. While elements of US consumerism abound (from the Office Depot to the AT&T store) most striking were the excellent roads, overall cleanliness and pristine state of the Government buildings. And while they do brag (a little) about their ‘laid-back’ attitudes I found the punctuality to be a lot more American than Caribbean (perhaps something they can work on for the future). 51
  30. 30. ESCAPE [ROLEX REGATTA] The International Rolex Regatta offered the envi- Even in these I can only describe the racing as both intense and able opportunity to explore a world-class sailing good-natured. It was captivating to see the transi- event up close and the opportunity to visit the U.S. challenging tion as the sailors went from enjoying their ‘rum Virgin Islands which to that point I was yet to ex- and reggae’ at the party at Yacht Haven Grande perience. I’ve always considered sailing to be one economic times it on Saturday night to the screaming and hollering of those sports that could only be appreciated as was good to see which takes place on the boats as they ‘pitch and a participant – after all you’re on a moving ‘track’ tackle’ (the colourful language belying the inten- and without the assurance of a motor the possibil- that there remain sity) jockeying for position, gauging the wind and ity does exist (even in theory) that without Mother the surf to round the various buoys on the course. Nature’s active blessing you have the potential for those who can, and not much more than a slow drift on the high seas. do, indulge in the But get the variables correct and victory is sweet. With beautiful Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Mas- Hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club the annual benefits that their ter II watches awaiting the winners of the IRC, CSA regatta has existed for over 30 years, with Rolex Spinnaker Racing, CSA Spinnaker Racing/Cruising a proud partner from the very beginning. Under success allows. and the IC 24 classes there was a lot more than the stewardship of race director John Sweeney, the pride at stake for the victors. fifty plus boats and crew seemed equally passionate about the exploits across the beautiful Caribbean We stumbled across Top Gun owned by Trinidadian waters and the intrigues of the Caribbean trade sailor (and otherwise Scotia banker) Lawrence Aqui winds as partaking of the many pre- and post- race who now calls St. Thomas home with his beautiful parties that accompany the Friday – Sunday race wife Lisa. days. St. Thomas offers an enviable mix of natural Ca- The Regatta takes place over three days with mul- ribbean beauty and first-world amenities. As we tiple races over various courses. Boats are classified passed the police station in the capital of Charlotte according to a handicapping system with the CSA Amalie I was impressed by the fleet of new SUV’s designation representing a Caribbean standard and parked and ready for duty. Simple as it was it un- the IRC an international standard. With six classes derscores the critical difference in being a ‘part of’ of competition and various races taking place con- a first-world nation like the United States while currently from staggered starts as well over differ- maintaining the unique beauty and charm that ent courses, following the action is a challenge in comes with being located within our Caribbean wa- of itself (and gauging from the feedback over the ters. Of course with a population of a mere 50,000 radio is a challenge that not all the boats navigate and over a million cruise ship and half a million air successfully). It was fascinating to watch the tac- tourists a year one would expect that St. Thomas tics up close as boats challenged each other with would be able to take care of its population. varied lines to take advantage of currents, wind di- rection, speed and sail selections adding an intrigu- And with its hilly terrain, St. Thomas seems to enjoy ing dimension. more than its fair share of breathtaking vistas along with enchanting white sand beaches surrounded by The races were scored in six classes, one for IRC, turquoise waters. The last time I saw this ratio of three for CSA (Spinnaker Racing, Spinnaker Racing/ white sand to turquoise water I was at Fowl Cay in Cruising and Non-Spinnaker Racing) and one each the Bahamas. The most magnificent beach I saw on for One-Design IC 24s and Beach Cats. the island was Magen’s Bay; situated between two 52

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